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T-Map Project; Community Safety Engagement: Rockford Police Teach Lessons On The Hardwood

ROCKFORD – “I call it community relations, community building,” said Marcus Hill, Resident Service Manager with the Rockford Housing Authority. Hill and Rockford Police Assistant Deputy Chief Mike Dalke gave kids from the Orton Keys housing project skills that win on the court and in life.”Teamwork, trust, you know trusting in each other, and learning

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T-Map Project; Innovation Ecosystem: Rockford Day seeking participation of local businesses

ROCKFORD — Rockford Day invites local businesses to join in the celebration by offering 815 Rockford-themed discounts and events Aug. 15 in Rockford. Rockford Day, playing off the city’s primary area code of 815, is a community showcase of the places, activities and people that make Rockford unique through interactive experiences. Area businesses, agencies and

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Transformational Project; Downtown Development : City approves development agreement for Rockford Conference Center

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — It may not be long before we see construction begin on the Rockford regional convention center. This comes as Rockford’s city council gives the green light on a development agreement for the project. With a 9-4 vote, the city council approved the development agreement with a Rockford local development corporation, which allows the

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Economy & Jobs: Rockford fishing website to attend convention in Orlando

ROCKFORD — Fishwithme.net, the Rockford-based online matching website that hooks fishermen with other enthusiasts to share costs and expertise, will attend the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades convention, set to be held July 12-14 in Orlando. Fishwithme.net will be sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer and will exhibit its platform along with 585 other exhibitors

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Unity, Pride, Culture: Rockford Big Dogs baseball wins Turning Batters Into Hitters tournament

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Big Dogs 15U baseball team won the 16U Turning Batters Into Hitters tournament, held July 7-9 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Big Dogs played seven games in three days and finished in first place out of 21 teams. Justin Kerestes earned the win in the championship, and Adam Kuhar picked up the

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Leadership & Youth: Loves Park resident launches Rockford-centric T-shirt business Unstated Apparel

LOVES PARK — After working at his family’s screen printing shop for 13 years, Tanner Taylor decided it was time to start his own business. On May 9, the Loves Park resident, 29, launched Unstated Apparel, a line of Rockford-, Illinois- and Wisconsin-themed T-shirts and tank tops for men and women. Taylor said he has always

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Downtown Development: For some downtown Rockford businesses, dinner in a parking space can be delightful

ROCKFORD — Local shops and restaurants are taking their business to the streets under a 3-year-old program that’s gaining popularity this summer. “I saw these seats when I was driving past,” Diana Hamblock said over lunch outside at Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza, 408 E. State St. “I called (a friend) and said, ‘We have to

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Unity, Pride, Culture: 815: Fun around the Fourth … 8 fireworks displays from Freeport to Rockford and Beyond

Looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day? Here are eight places to catch fireworks displays. The Fireworks Extravaganza & Midnight Ride of Paul Revere at Rockford Speedway: 7:07 p.m. July 4. Fireworks display after racing. Gates will open at 5 p.m. General admission: $15; $8, children ages 6-11; free, children ages 5 and younger.

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T-Map Project: Neighborhood Stories – Volunteers help clean up Rockford neighborhood

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Dozens of volunteers are in the Ellis Heights neighborhood cleaning up the area and making it a safer place for families to live. Volunteers spent the day picking up trash and cleaning up yards in the Ellis Heights neighborhood through Project 1013. From cutting down trees to picking up trash, volunteers

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Transformation is Happening: Signs that Rockford is on the move

Next time you find yourself in a group of people complaining about Rockford — and especially if they’re lamenting a perceived lack of engagement in civic life by those who live here — stop the conversation right there. You need to tell them they’ve got Rockford wrong. To clinch the argument, just point to Rockford

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